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Patterson smashes 83 to boost chances of higher honours

The Camden Campbelltown Ghosts are well on top in their round 12 clash with Blacktown Mounties at Joe McAleer Reserve.

Play resumes this Saturday in what is almost a battle for the wooden spoon.

Blacktown Mounties won the toss and invited the Ghosts to have first use of the pitch.

Camden Campbelltown produced one of their better batting efforts, finishing with 212 off 67.2 overs.

In reply, the home side were 2 for 44 at stumps.

Ben Patterson’s 83 was the standout innings for the Ghosts.

The young allrounder, pictured going out to bat at Raby last year, faced 122 balls during his two hours and 29 minutes at the crease, and was unlucky not to celebrate his first ton of 2020-21.

In a powerful batting display, Patterson hit 12 boundaries and two sixes before he was caught.

Despite missing out on a century this match, Patterson could still be destined for higher honours, just like teammate Tanveer Sangha, 19, who has been selected in Australia’s T20 squad bound for New Zealand.

Sangha won selection after brilliant performances for Sydney Thunder in this year’s Big Bash League.

Sangha and Patterson are just two of the rising young stars wearing the Ghosts colours at club level.

Another one is allrounder Jackson Isakka, pictured, who contributed 26 with the bat against Blacktown.

Brock Larance (23) and Sam Skelly (29) also made useful contributions to help the Ghosts reach more than 200 runs.

If they can knock over Blacktown quickly on Saturday, the Ghosts will almost certainly have a go at an outright victory.

  • Fairfield Liverpool Lions are 0-35 in reply to Bankstown’s first innings total of 184 at Rosedale Oval. Liverpool won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first.

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